Area teacher facing DUI charges

NEW CUMBERLAND – A longtime theater teacher at Oak Glen High School was charged with driving under the influence (second offense) over the weekend, according to documents filed at Hancock County Magistrate Court.

Kelsey Hayward, 63, of New Cumberland was arrested following a one-car accident on U.S. Route 30 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to an arrest report filed by Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Little. His blood alcohol content was measured at .165 percent, more than twice the legal limit in West Virginia, court records said.

A witness called 911 and said Hayward’s car had struck an embankment and that the driver appeared to be intoxicated, the arrest report said.

Little found Hayward’s car off the side of the road at the intersection of High Acres Drive and U.S. 30. Hayward was in the driver’s seat and initially denied that he had been drinking, the arrest report said.

The report said Hayward’s speech was slurred and his breath smelled of alcohol. He repeatedly told the officer, “Not this again,” according to the report.

Hayward has two previous DUI arrests but only one previous conviction. In 2007, he was arrested for DUI by a West Virginia state trooper after his blood alcohol content was measured at .158 percent, according to Magistrate Court records.

The case was dismissed without comment by Magistrate Betty Bauer in 2010.

Hayward was arrested again in January 2012, also on Route 30, court records said. A section of the highway was closed because of icy conditions, and Hayward stopped to inquire of a sheriff’s deputy about the closure. The deputy noticed that Hayward’s breath smelled of alcohol and that his speech was slurred, the arrest report said.

He was cited for DUI after his blood alcohol content was measured at .138 percent, the report said. Hayward pleaded no contest and was found guilty. His sentence of 30 days in jail was suspended, and he was placed on seven months’ unsupervised probation. He also was fined $100 and assessed court costs. His probationary period to ended in March.

On Saturday, Hayward was released on a $5,000 cash bond. His case was assigned to Magistrate Michael Powell. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for Oct. 2.

Hayward teaches theater and advanced placement psychology at Oak Glen, among other classes.

Hancock County Schools Superintendent Suzan Smith declined comment.

The legal limit for blood alcohol content in West Virginia is .08 percent. DUI becomes a felony with the third offense.